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5/4/10 9:40 A

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Maggie, I hear you. My sister is also close to 5'8" and it seems she got the good qualities from both parents while I got the not so good ones! She's tall and thin, has nice thick hair and a care free attitude. I, on the other hand, am short and broad with fine limp hair and the worry about everything attitude!!

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5/4/10 12:03 A

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I am also a brittle diabetic. I have had troubles my whole teenage and adult life taking care of my sugars. I care and try for a while than I do not see results and I give up. I want to be as healthy as I can be. Diabetic or not lol I I am so glad I read this post.

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5/3/10 4:35 P

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Wow, I am so glad I read this. My bg is TOTALLY different when I'm going into the third week of my cycle. My usually good bg goes through the roof and refuses to come down until it's good an ready. It's so frustrating and I had NO idea what to do about it until I read the last post! OMG, I never thought of having a higher basal rate set for when I'm at the "high" point of my cycle. Thanks guys!

Oh, and as for being short - I'm 5' 3" with a sister who is 5'8". Oh, how many times I've wished we could have just split the difference and both been about 5'5.5"!! But at least I don't need a step-stool anymore - I'm married to a man who is 6'3", lol!

Thanks again, for the epiphany, guys!

Maggie

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4/28/10 3:35 P

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HEATHER - haha about the putting on a few inches comment! I agree, if I was only a few inches taller I'd be a goal. LOL

In terms of my basal rates, I set them with the help of a diabetes educator. My Dr. is great, but she is really hard to get an appt with and isn't so good on the day to day stuff - she is more big picture.

In terms of using different rates during my cycle, on my pump I have my standard setting and then I have my "sick day" pattern, which is just 20% higher overall. I use that pattern when I am in the insulin resistance portion of my cycle. I think it is probably different for everyone, but I find that about a week or so before I get my period I need to switch to my sick day pattern. Once I get it, I just switch back to my normal pattern. I know when to switch to the higher setting by just paying attention. I generally have one of those days where I can't figure out why I am high all the time, and then the light bulb goes off and I switch patterns.

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4/27/10 6:03 P

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Thank you guys... It's so nice to have others who understand and have been there before. Even my husband, who is very supportive, can't do much more than listen and give a sympathetic nod.

Robin, you and I are probably a lot alike when it comes to stress. I'm not sure if you were aware, but I took a sabbatical to focus on myself for once. But when I'm working, the stress of school compounded with the stress of daily life and being a mother is HIGH. And I'm a major stress eater, thus the extra weight. I hope things are going better for you now. How many days do you have left?

I was also once told I was brittle, but thought that term wasn't used anymore. Regardless, I've always had trouble keeping my numbers within range. My log book is all over the place. I never thought about dawn phenomenon, Carey. The only time that was an issue was when I was pregnant, but I'll mention it to my endo.

Honey, being short is an inconvenience isn't it? I'm 5'3" and have found myself thinking if I could just grow a couple inches, the weight would spread out better. Did you adjust your basal rates yourself or with your doctor's help? I love my endo, but don't feel as if he's on top of things like he used to be. Aside from him, I don't have a team- it's been years since I've seen a dietician or CDE- and to make matters worse, it's a 2 1/2 hour drive to Joslin, so I only see my endo every 4 months.

I guess I'm taking the right steps to recapture my health... I just wish I had more patience! Thank you all again!

Hugs... Heather

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4/27/10 4:59 P

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ROBIN - I am also brittle. Sorry you have the same issues, but at least I know I am not alone with stress throwing a monkey wrench in the works! I have a minimed pump with an insulin wizard, and I keep joking that I need a stress correction factor on that thing. Not only does stress raise my BS, hormones do to! I have different rates depending on where I am in my cycle.

HEATHER - I don't know what plan/calorie range you are following, I will just say that personally I lose reeeaaaallllyyy slowly. A good week for me is .5 pounds. In order to get there, I need to be logging and weighing everything, and eating b/t 1200-1300 cal a day, and exercising like crazy. But I am 5'2", 154 lbs, and just turned 40.

-Honey

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4/27/10 2:20 A

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Hi Heather,
First, if I could send you strength through this e-mail, it is on its way. Hang in there. Second, I would nicely start getting in your endo.'s face and maybe find a team to help, like a diabetic nutritionist or a diabetes educator, I found my self made "team" helpful when I needed a little help pre-pregnancy. Third, everyone here has really good suggestions and mine may be way off base, but... how is your stress level? I am a "brittle" diabetic and a little stress does a LOT of damage with me. The last two weeks, I have been dealing with too much all at one time, I could barely get my sugars below 370 (Yes, I changed my pump daily, counted every carb, concentrated on eating the slower absorbed carbs, like lentils). Once crisis mode started to subside, my husband and I knew the crash was coming. The stress starts to subside and the lows begin. My doctor doesn't know why (he may even not completely believe me), but my husband and I have seen it extreme on a couple of occasions. So to make maybe a short answer long, and possibly irrelevant, check your stress level as well and good-luck. I'm rooting for you.
Robin

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4/26/10 11:00 P

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I just thought about this when you mentioned waking up with high BG but do you workout in the morning too? because you could have dawn phenomon I know I do so I have a higher basal rate for mornings VS nights and lunch. just a thought though

"you CAN do ALL things through Christ which STRENGTHENS you"
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Thank you all for your replies! I had ketones again this morning and I hadn't even exercised since Friday. My grandmother made me a b-day cake yesterday (after I told e/o I did not want one this year) but I only had a small piece with a little bit of ice cream. My BG was 270 last night, which I corrected before going to bed, but was 422 this morning!!! So I spent half the morning drinking water, pricking my finger, and peeing on a stick. emoticon Thank God I'm not working right now, but I am concerned about going back to work in the fall. I HAVE to lose weight and get my diabetes under better control by the end of summer. Anyway,I did get in my strength training once the ketones were gone, but it's so darn frustrating! I'm hoping to get a reply from my endo tonight with some advice.

I wish I had lost 7 lbs in the past month, but no, my ticker is a bit misleading. The start weight was some time ago, but when I really began exercising, I weighed 166.6- which is why I'm so disgusted with 165! My weight fluctuates daily, so I only weigh myself on Fridays. I've bounced from 166 to 164 to 167 and back. I am tracking my food and doing pretty well with that. I sometimes go over in fats (though they are healthy fats, I think) and often under in protein and tend to hit the high end of my calorie range. So, I guess I need to figure out how to eat less or better and burn more calories. I ordered a heart rate monitor today and I think I'm going to force myself to return to the gym. I've been using DVDs at home, but not getting enough ST. Several years ago, I went to the gym 3 days a week and walked as much as possible which seemed to work, and I was toned. After the second child, it's all flab. emoticon

I know I have to keep after it... it just helps being able to vent to people who understand. Thanks so much everyone!

Hugs... Heather

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4/26/10 6:50 P

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Heather - ((big hugs)) Do I read your ticker right, showing that you lost 7 pounds? Has that been in the last month? Because if it has, that's actually really good progress! I think it just takes us longer to lose weight, especially if we end up with lows that we have to treat. Are you tweaking percentages of fat/carb/pro? and counting calories? Sometimes we eat more than we know.

Good luck!

-Honey

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I find that I do best with blood sugars when I exercise first thing in the morning. That way I don't have any insulin on board.
I can't remember if I have recommended this book to you or not, but it's awesome for understanding why our bodies work the way they do: www.amazon.com/Diabetic-Athletes-Han
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It took awhile for my BGs to even out but gradually over time my basal has gone down SO so much. I know you've been at it for a month, but it looks like you've lost some weight! Seriously, keep it up. It might take some time but see what happens.

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Hey congrats first off on getting into the exercising and trying for a healthier you. as for the weight it sucks trust me I have been there and still fight with it but I had to stop looking at the number on the scale instead I started noticing the muscle I was building ( which weighs more then fat ) and the pant sizes I was losing I noticed the toning of my arms and just the healthier look all around. As for the BG numbers I am on a pump and actually had to up my temp basal from my normal one because I was get high readings all the way up to 2 hrs after working out. now ketones those things are tricky because since you are exercising and eating better your body may be burning your body for energy instead of the food and fuel you intake thus causing ketones not related to the diabetes now I am no doctor so this should all be discussed with your medical team but that is what has worked for me in the past.

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I don't believe in failure.

( this includes getting healthy!!)


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4/24/10 8:59 A

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I have been exercising almost daily for over a month now, but haven't really lost any weight. At first, I saw my energy improve and was ok with no change on the scale because I knew my health was improving. But now I'm just so frustrated! I find myself getting angry when I "waste" so much time tracking my food. I hate to exercise to begin with, so I procrastinate and get mad at myself for that, then when I do exercise, half the time I'm angry because I'm busting my butt "for no reason". I'm also trying to monitor my blood sugars consistently for my endo to adjust my basal rates, but my numbers have always been up and down and I see no real pattern. For a while, when I exercised after breakfast, my numbers were good all day. But lately, I've actually gotten ketones and high numbers that have made me nauseous. It's just so discouraging... Any thoughts or advice to help me get past this and start losing some weight would be so appreciated.

Thanks... Heather



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